The length of the Old City Western Wall is about 1 kilometer. You can enter the Old City through the only gate of the Western Wall – the Jaffa Gate.
There is a small square separating the Christian and Armenian Quarters inside the Jaffa Gate. The Christian Quarter is to the north, on the left, and the Armenian Quarter is to the South, on the right. One of the entrances to the Arab marketplace is just inside the Jaffa Gate. It is just opposite the Gate on the direct way.
Running along the high city walls, south and on the right of the Jaffa Gate there is the Citadel of Jerusalem, usually called the "Tower of David," a Jerusalem and the Old City landmark.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 38.29" N 35° 13' 33.25" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Old City Western Walls .
The New Gate is the newest gate in Jerusalem's Old City Walls. At the time when Suleiman the Magnificent built the wall, a small wicket gate was situated in front of the current gate, which was rarely opened. By 1875, in order to provide a passageway to the neighborhoods which were beginning to develop north of the Old City, the Ottomans made a breach in the northern part of the structure and closed the original opening.
The modern gate was built in 1898 to provide direct access to the Christian Quarter for the visit of the German Emperor Wilhelm II.
It is also called the Gate of Hammid after the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 22.24" N 35° 13' 47.81" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio New Gate.
Down Jaffa Gate, there is a big parking place.
We began our route around Jerusalem through this gate, crossing the Christian quarter, until we arrived to the Western Walls, later the walked through the Jewish quarter, and visited the Cardo as well.
Visit the old city, take a walk on the narrow streets, walk up to the walls and feel the history around you. Visit also the King David Tower just in the outskirt of the Jaffa gate.
Fondest memory: And, by the way, a phonecall to god cost only 1cent per min. in Jerusalem, they say it is because it is a local call here.
Visit the different gates. Jaffagate, Damascusgate, Lionsgate etc. All very beautiful!
Fondest memory: On the picture: Jaffagate.
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